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The Power of Diamond Grit

Upgrade to Lavina propane and electric concrete grinders One of the largest lighting manufacturers in North America has recently moved its product development to a 132,000-square-foot building in Atlanta, Georgia, and the company chose polished concrete as the most cost-efficient and easy to maintain flooring option.

Concrete industry offers lucrative career path for women

Concrete industry offers lucrative career path for womenWomen CEOs of concrete companies are smashing glass ceilings and bucking trends that have emerged for women in other nontraditional occupations. While women CEOs only comprise 2 percent in the basic and infrastructure sectors according to World Economic Forum and Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Sefla Fuhrman, Ph.D.
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How to Measure Social Media Success

How to Measure Social Media SuccessBy now, most companies have a presence on social media. Some have comprehensive strategies and believe that social media is effective for their business, while others are using social media simply because they think they should. They have no idea if it’s benefiting their organization.

Lindsey Congeni
Sep 1, 2017
Concrete industry slowly incorporating software programs

Concrete industry slowly incorporating software programsLet’s face it. People who go into the trades aren’t the types who want to spend time sitting in an office in front of a computer. It’s no surprise that construction, along with agriculture, has been one of the slowest segments to adopt technological innovations into the workplace.

K. Schipper
Sep 8, 2017
Texas Bomanite, High-end Decorative Concrete

Celebrating its silver anniversary this year, Texas Bomanite has been performing high-end decorative concrete work across much of Texas since 1987.Celebrating its silver anniversary this year, Texas Bomanite has been performing high-end decorative concrete work across much of Texas since 1987.

Chris Mayo
Oct 21, 2012
How to Officially Test Slump in Concrete

For practical purposes, most seasoned contractors can tell if the slump is right when they see the concrete coming down the chute.Most decorative concrete contractors don’t conduct standardized tests when pouring driveways, pool decks or the like. For practical purposes, most seasoned contractors can tell if the slump is right when they see the concrete coming down the chute. Learn how to get official results the easy way.

Oct 9, 2004
How to Fabric Form a Concrete Sink

Fiberglass has been used in the precast industry for many years. The use of resin-and-glass mats to make master-mold plugs, keeper molds to hold the shape of rubber molds, and good old-fashioned production molds is standard in the industry.

Tommy T. Cook
Dec 20, 2012
Horizon at Playa Vista, Playa Vista, Calif.

Natasha Chilingerian
Jun 5, 2012
artScape Las Vegas Designer Mikhal Zambon

Mikhal Zambon (third from left) with husband and co-owner Mike Anderson (fourth from left),business partner Cheryl Hart (fourth from the right), and the crew of artScape:Las Vegas.For a woman who loves design, concrete has turned out to be the perfect medium. Check out the beautiful work of Mikhal Zambon and her associates.

David Thompson
Dec 15, 2004
A Monumental Effort: Restoring a Concrete Sculpture at Camp Pendleton

Concrete Statue at Camp Pendleton

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
A Concrete Bench in the Shape of a Whale's Tail

A Concrete Bench in the Shape of a Whale's Tail.Jenkins offered a rock bench as a gesture of friendship, but the biologist wouldn’t accept it without his wife’s approval. Turns out, the wife desired a bench in the shape of a whale’s tail.

Vanessa Salvia
Apr 1, 2015
A Guide to Unique Concrete Casting Surfaces

cast concrete water fountain

Jeremy French
A Metallic Epoxy Concrete Floor in a Michigan Art Gallery

Metallic Epoxy Concrete Floor

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Concrete Stenciling, Flattooing, for the Kids

The choice of decorative concrete was made by the students themselves. "We don't have much greenery (on campus), so painting the concrete was the idea," said Allea Fraker, seventh grade teacher and student council advisor. "They (the student council) found that the staining would be longer-lasting."Coping with midday desert heat, Glendale, Ariz., company Excalibur Designs in Concrete recently donated its time and labor to complete a decorative Flattoo project for Dos Rios Elementary School.

Erik Pisor
Aug 8, 2010
Concrete Questions: What Causes Hot-tire Pickup?

Example of hot-tire pick up on stamped concrete driveway and how to prevent sealer sticking to tires The issue of car tires pulling sealer from concrete is known as “hot-tire pickup.” The initial conclusion most people make when they hear “hot-tire pickup” is that a hot tire is melting the sealer and causing it to peel off the concrete.

Chris Sullivan
The Ultimate Backyard Hacienda Resort Adds a Concrete Pool

Concrete fire pitLooking at it today, it’s hard to imagine that the focal point of the Weiner family’s backyard used to be a $300 aboveground swimming pool from Walmart. Now, the award-winning residential resort is more in line with the likes of Neiman Marcus with its outdoor kitchen, water slide, conversation area with fire pit, and concrete swimming pool and spa with a Baja shelf, two in-pool tables and a shaded pavilion.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Decorative Concrete Contractor Troy Lemon's Blue Moon Shines at WOC

Troy Lemon's Blue Moon Sculpture for World of Concrete 2015

Unlike God almighty who, according to the Bible, created the world, its heavens and all forms of life in six days, the best Troy Lemon and his mortal crew could do was hand-form and carve a concrete replica of the moon in four.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
How to Learn the Basics of Stamping Concrete

A concrete construction worker apply concrete stamping mats and using a concrete tamper to make sure the stamp impression is perfect.Want to get in on the action of stamping concrete? Here’s what you need to know to get started.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Mar 2, 2004
How To Make Troweling Easier For The Job

power trowel on concreteLet’s face it, working concrete is a hard job. It’s hard on the hands, the back and especially the knees. Fortunately, for some contractors there’s an option that allows them to stand upright and still complete their jobs.

K. Schipper
Freeman Justice Center, Key West, Fla.

Even a tropical storm couldn’t stop these master craftsmen from lending their artistic touch to the entryway of a new courthouse.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
May 11, 2009
the concretist: Staining Was Never Easy, But Now It's Complicated

I was once a much younger concretist, really impetuous and passionate. I was working for L.M. Scofield Co., and as my wife told me, I worked way too much. So she left me. To be more accurate, she left me in charge of the kids for 10 days while she and her best girlfriend toured a bit of England and Scotland.

Michael Miller
Feb 11, 2011
Empyrean Coffee bar Floor at Rocketown Nashville, Tenn.

Once upon a time, there was a polished concrete job that was easy. It started out with a new, flawless install, a clean, even slab ready to grind. The client closed the building for a few days, providing ample, uninterrupted time to do the job. There were no hurdles. There were no surprises. Everything went according to plan.

The polish applied last March at the Empyrean Coffeebar in Nashville, Tenn., was not that job.

Kelly O'Brien
May 9, 2011